A Magazine feature on Americans giving up their citizenship led many readers to explain why they have also renounced their citizenship of other nations. An increasing number of expats are becoming "ex-Americans"because of their frustrations with the tax system. But around the world, many others have renounced the citizenship of their birthplace, and switched nationality, for a host of reasons. Here is a selection of their stories.
"The practice of water fluoridation should end immediately. All of the available evidence suggests that not only will this lead to a marked reduction in fluorosis but that there would not be a significant rise in dental caries." This is the central recommendation of the Joint Irish Houses of Parliament Draft report on Water Fluoridation in Ireland, prepared for the Department for Health and Children. The Report also states strongly "Even if the fluoride levels in the water were slightly reduced, we could not recommend that this water be used to bottle feed babies."
The High Court dismissed on Tues (1 Oct) the application filed by NTUC Income financial consultants (FCs). 3 FCs filed the High Court application on 27 Mar this year against their union, SIEU, for failing to represent their interests (‘Union members go to court when union fails to represent their interests‘). The 3 had the support of 141 other FCs in NTUC Income (‘141 union members behind court application against their union‘). In particular, the FCs wanted the High Court to order SIEU to refer their dispute with their employer, NTUC Income, to the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) for a resolution, as under the Industrial Relation Act, only the union or the employer can refer disputes to IAC. SIEU itself is affiliated to NTUC, the national federation of trade unions in Singapore.
Singapore’s Health Promotion Board is launching a new campaign to raise awareness in one of the scariest diseases our elderly could face, dementia. Dementia can come in many forms, the most well known is Alzheimer's disease. It is the slow but progressive degradation of neural system, particularly the brain, which could slowly remove our cognitive ability, our reasoning, our memories and eventually our selves. It is especially heartbreaking to see your loved one slowly be stripped away of their personhood until eventually the nervous system keeping the heart and lung functioning cease.
Despite the age difference of 36 years, a teaching assistant and a 12-year-old student grew close after meeting in a Design & Technology class. About a year later, they exchanged text messages and eventually went on to have sex a total of nine times. The 52-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to two years in jail in a District Court after pleading guilty to four counts of sex with the minor, now 16. Five other such charges were taken into consideration.
I don’t understand the insane love his supporters have for this mass killer. Chin Peng was not called a Communist Terrorist for nothing. He was responsible for a decade long war in the 1950s in then Malaya, which resulted in more than 11,000 innocent lives lost – children, the elderly and the weak included. Chin Peng’s rogue army of men terrorised civilians. Especially villagers. He made used of the mainly Chinese community to wage his war against the Brit govt. He extorted these Chinese villagers for financial support, used them as runners, feeders and spies. Any Chinese villager who did not help his army of terror men, was brutally killed. The methods used were horrific. It included public disembowelment to create fear. This put the Chinese villagers in a bind. Help the Communist Terrorists and you are seen by the Brit govt as a terror sympathiser. Refuse to help them and you meet your death.
Today was such an amazing day because I finally realized how united we Singaporeans really are. Look - every single day before daylight and sunset, we can't wait to rush to the nearby train station to stand in unity with our fellow country man and women.And for that to happen, we make an effort to squeeze ourselves into this sardine-packed train till there's no room for breathing and that's where all the activities are happening simultaneously at once!
In May 2012, CapitaLand CEO Liew Mun Leong raised eyebrows when he publically criticised the development of shoebox units (smaller than 500 sq ft) in Singapore. He even pledged that CapitaLand would not build any residential units below 500 sq ft as it was inhuman and was detrimental to the welfare of families in Singapore. Strangely though, a month after Mr Liew's public statement, CapitaLand announced Mr Liew's voluntary retirement citing his many years of meritorious service and the need for a younger leader as part of the firm's succession planning...
The inclusion of mother tongue as a compulsory syllabus in our education system has more negative impacts than positive. It might be beneficial to those who excel at their mother tongue. Too bad for those who suck at it. Many times, it's that one subject that determines which school or college you go to and which course you can take. The government states that the purpose of making mother tongue compulsory is to keep the kids in touch with their culture and traditions. Sounds legit.